Tyson Fury agrees lucrative deal to be co-promoted by Top Rank

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Having a deal in the USA with ESPN - which will be sure to bid strongly for the rights to any fight against Wilder or Joshua - will boost the amount of money Fury can bring to the negotiating table, potentially increasing his percentage of the fight's total earnings across media rights and/or pay-per-view. Months removed from their first fight - a majority draw - he's still unhappy with the result.

'Given the huge public interest following the first fight for our heavyweight belt between Wilder and Fury, we mandated the rematch and extended the time for the parties to negotiate before going to purse bids.

And Wilder and his team have bragged repeatedly that they do not need the Fury rematch, or the Anthony Joshua undisputed clash, as they have enough opponents planned to last them two more years.

Unbeaten former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury today joined Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren at a press conference at BT Sport Studios in London to confirm his new stateside multi-fight agreement with ESPN. However, the date for those offers has lapsed twice and they could revert to Wilder defending their title against mandatory contender Dominic Breazeale, even though that American is in negotiation for a final eliminator against Dillian Whyte, who followed Wilder and then Fury in rejecting terms to fight Joshua at Wembley Stadium on April 13.

On Monday, the news that Fury had signed a promotional agreement in the US with Top Rank seemingly threw a monkey wrench into those plans.

According to BBC, this deal will span five fights.

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However, with Fury recently signing with ESPN, Wilder with Showtime, and Joshua with DAZN, any of those match-ups are looking very unlikely.

Asked about Joshua failing to fight any of the big three, Warren told IFL TV: 'That's their choice isn't it? The defence against Fury was Wilder's eighth and there are plenty of heavyweights out there for Wilder to meet and beat.

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Despite this complication, Deontay Wilder manager Shelly Finkel seems optimistic a rematch with Fury can still be put together.

"The rematch is still on the table for him if he wants it". We have enough guys in the stable that we can fight for the next two years. He's one of the significant players in the heavyweight division. That's a dilemma for another day. Joshua v Fury would seem to depend on a joint Sky-BT broadcast in the United Kingdom and DAZN giving AJ a one-fight exemption in the US.

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